Monday, June 29, 2015

Jumping ship

Just a quick note to say, I'm now posting new (and old) drawings on my Tumblr blog.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Page 1 and a couple of additional panels from my contribution to Nowbrow 9. The theme this time around was "It’s Oh So Quiet" so not a word passed the lips of the characters in the strip, which was based upon an auld ballad.

Monday, September 30, 2013

The Shadow

A high octane commission for Alan Henderson (@Shadow1972 on Twitter) - Clap your peepers on his extraordinary collection of Shadow art at

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Crook Frightfulness

An illustration for an article written by Daniel Wilson in the September edition of Fortean Times, alongside a couple of sketches for an alternative idea I was playing with.

A sketch of a ne’er do well. Originally a monochrome ink-wash image, Dan Berry was kind enough to walk me through the wizardry he uses to colour digitally.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Join Eddie Ross and I at the Edinburgh Book Fest

It's two weeks until Eddie Ross and I cover a rich tapestry of comics topics as part of the Stripped programme of events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Last night, over a number of beers, Eddie and I discussed a few nuggets that will likely make it into the talk, from the motivations behind our work, to the many ways you can get involved in the comics scene. As you might expect I can heartily recommend joining us:

Friday 23 August
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

I'll even be scrawling drawings of fishermen into any books I can lay my hands upon.

You can buy tickets here, and whet your appetite for Eddie's upcoming book Filmish 4 here.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Wedding bells

My brother is soon to be thoroughly wed to a very good friend of mine, which is a wonderful in and of itself and is also one less address on my hypothetical Christmas card list. They asked if I would do something for their invite and inspired by Sarah Mcintyre's sublime prints of a Greenwich Park tree I set about my first lino cut since I was a school boy.

Well as you can see from the below mine turned out to be a fair bit cruder than Sarah's. One of my errors may have been to buy the traditional lino rather than the easy cut stuff. I did so under the false assumption this would grant me instant artisan status. Instead I sat for hours in my freezing Edinburgh studio, hunched like Bob Cratchit, attempting to soften up that lino with a hair dryer. Novices be warned!

Guns...Lots of guns

I was lucky enough to get to illustrate a story in the hallowed pages of 2000AD earlier this year. A high octane blend of heavy metal and horror, it was written by the excellent David Baillie and was just the excuse I needed to dust off my Maiden, Megadeth and Metallica records.

Below is a short sequence from the story, which appeared in Prog 1836 and can still be procured here.

To get the opportunity I took part in the 2000AD Portfolio competition, which takes place annually at the excellent Thought Bubble festival. Under the scrutiny of 2000 AD greats Rob Williams, Simon Fraser, Peter Doherty and Frazer Irving I was fortunate enough to get the thumbs up. Anyhow here's a few panels from that submission.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

A salty night was had by all!

Just thought to post a couple of images from the launch of The Silver Darlings at the excellent Gosh! Comics last Friday evening.

Here is the original design for the painting destined for Gosh!'s windows and below is the window emblazoned.

This was considerably easier than the Nelson window painting I worked on, always at the mercy of the Posca pens. Gosh!'s rich supply of colours even allowed me to top the character's dome with a crown of ginger.

All that remains to be said is a huge thank you to Gosh!, The City Shanty Band, Tunnock's (for their exquisite Caramel Logs), Blank Slate Books and of course to all the hardy souls that come along on the night.

Thank you!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Launching the Silver Darling - Gosh! Comics, 15th Feb, 7-9pm

I'm starting to run thin on sea-faring puns to tie in with references to my book The Silver Darlings, which launches at London's incomparable Gosh! Comics on Friday 15 February. This post's title refers to the fishing boat at the heart of the book, the Silver Darling, and deserves little more explanation than that.

The folk at Gosh! and especially Tom Oldham of Beserker Magazine and Breakdown Press have been really supportive of the book, for which I'm very grateful. This all kicked off with an exclusive bookplate edition of 200 (pictured below), which is still available free with every copy of the book bought at Gosh!

Next up is the launch itself. Details are on the flyer below.

I'm currently working on a design for the shop's window and on the night there will be an exhibition of original art whilst I merrily sign and sketch in copies of The Silver Darlings. 

Of course no launch would be complete without a a wee drink for all those that come along and what's more Caramel Logs (as rare as hen's teeth south of the border) are being generously laid on by Tunnock's. If you want to discover the secret behind Tunnock's Caramel Logs listen to the ad at this link (NB: No dragons are harmed in the making of Tunnock's Caramel Logs).

Finally, the salt-crust that will lend the evening a truly nautical flavour is a performance from Hackney's own City Shanty Band. I'll leave you with one of their numbers and hope to see you on the night!